Ladyslipper is a North Carolina non-profit, tax-exempt organization which has been involved in many facets of women’s music, and most specifically the Women’s Music & Culture Movement, since 1976. Our basic purpose has consistently been to heighten public awareness of the achievements and recordings by women artists and musicians — especially the thousands of incredibly talented independent artists whose recordings were often overlooked and hard to find.
Since our inception, we have offered many thousands of these recordings for purchase by individuals, shops, schools and libraries, through an extensive annotated print catalog known as The Ladyslipper Catalog & Resource Guide of Music by Women. From the beginning of the internet age, we have offered even more titles through our even more extensive website, which has also contained information on many out-of-print titles.
Our website has transitioned to an information and archive website only, because availability — of both physical recordings and digital music — has increased so exponentially across the globe.
Our website now features two extensive online archives:
Ladyslipper Retail Print Catalog Collection
The fully searchable Ladyslipper Retail Print Catalog Collection, features 52 herstoric documents spanning 30 years, totaling many thousands of pages, and is filled with over 100,000 annotations of recordings. See the blue bar near the top to Search Full Text – artist, title, label, keywords, anything! Enter your search words, scroll down to the red bars to each page containing results of your search — contact us for assistance navigating if you need.
Ladyslipper Online Catalog Archive
The Ladyslipper Online Catalog Archive, features many thousands of recordings by women. This section of our Archive contains many annotations and listings from many years of Ladyslipper Online Catalogs. Search by Artist to view large portions of Artist Discographies, with links to each.
We can still provide you with many of these titles on CD, and are happy to help you find what you’re looking for. Just email us at info at ladyslipper dot org.
Ladyslipper is also an independent label, created to further new musical and artistic directions by women musicians. We have issued recordings by Kay Gardner, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Thiel, Nurudafina Pili Abena, Mary Watkins, Libana, and other innovative artists, most of which are still available, as CD’s and/or downloads.
We will continue to be capturing and archiving more of our accumulated information, for use by herstorians and all who love and value musical works by women artists. Currently some of our paper archives and herstoric recordings are already at Duke University Library’s Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture, with more to come. Aditionally some of our recordings and posters are housed at UNC-Chapel Hill Library’s extensive Southern Folklife Collection. Appreciation to all the libraries and archives everywhere who are accepting vast bodies of work to preserve our Women’s Music, Herstory & Culture!
We thank our many friends and fans of Women’s Music & Culture for your support over the decades. We are honored to have been a part such a rich, vibrant and diverse cultural movement which has endured for a half century.